Book Review: The Wall by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

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Joseph, wake up, wake up, wake up…

She says it over and over. It’s her mantra, her prayer, her plea. But life doesn’t stop while he’s sleeping. With a newborn baby in her arms, Rosa’s thrown into a new world, with new rules and a philosophy that sounds too good to be true. She’s sure they didn’t rescue her out of the goodness of their hearts. The Survivors must want something in return.

The Wall finds Rosa eagerly entering a new life, yet struggling to keep the demons and ghosts of the past from dragging her backwards. She’s left so many people behind.

There’s freedom in the Survivors’ world, more than she’d ever dreamed of, but there’s also secrets. The darkest of which pulls Rosa headfirst into a trauma, forcing her to reevaluate her past and pushing her to make a choice that threatens to destroy the tenuous, sewn-together family she’s built on the outside.


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This book. I don’t even know where to start. I am suffering from book hangover on this one. I became so engrossed in this story that I am desperate for book three. I became so lost in the story world, that I’m loathe to leave it and move on to a different read. No, I don’t want to move on.

And to think I almost didn’t read it.

After finishing book one, I had mixed feelings about picking up this second book. I loved Joseph, but Rosa had about gotten on my last nerve by the end of the first book – and since the book is written in first person with Rosa as the MC, I wasn’t sure if I cared enough to continue with the story. Then I saw the cover of book two. The perfect rendition of Joseph – I could feel the same sort of gold surrounding him as Rosa described, and I nearly begged the author to let me review The Wall. And I am so glad I did.

The author has this great way of making unpredictable twists and she pulls no punches. When she turns the corner and pulls your heart in a new direction, it makes perfect sense, though. You say, “of course that happened.” That takes talent. She’s an artist there. But I’ve got this possible outcome nagging at me now, and I fear an author who doesn’t handle her main characters with kid gloves. *Sigh* I hope this is a trilogy and ends in the next book because I don’t know if I can emotionally take book four…five…or six. This author is like a tiger, and I wouldn’t underestimate her.
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The Wall, just like The Woodlands, brings real-life, hard-hitting issues to the surface and doesn’t skirt around them. It hits them dead on. But because of the dystopian, fantasy/scifi feel of the work, it keeps the reader at a distance from them and allows him/her to see the issue with fresh eyes. I highly recommend this book and series.